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Antis Township picks CDBG program projects for 2005

Antis Township supervisors met last Thursday to discuss projects for the Fiscal Year 2005 Pennsylvania Community Development Block Grant Program.
Money was divided among several projects throughout Antis Township. First, under Housing Rehabilitation, $30,000 was allotted for waterline laterals for the Miller Trailer Park. Also, $32,508 for up to three units to be rehabilitated in the township.
Under public services, $10,800 was set aside for Blair Senior Services and the home delivery of meals and the Antis Township Scholarship Program received $10,000 in funds.
The Bell Mansion elevator, under Removal of Architectural Barriers, was allotted $11,000. This project has received multi-year funding. Supervisor, Dr. Robert Walker explained that although a lot of money has already been put into Bell Mansion, spending just a little more to put an elevator in will open up the second floor for use and make it much more accessible for everyone.
L.M.I. job creation in the I-99 Enterprise Zone was allotted $13,440 under Economic Development.
Project funds and delivery costs totaling $113,748 and administrative costs at $24,967 bring the total fiscal year 2005 grant to $138,715.
In other business, the board approved a request from Stiffler, McGraw and Associates to solicit an engineering proposal for the design of the Bells Gap Railroad and Logan Valley Streetcar Rails to Trails. Since this would be a conflict of interest for the company, the boards approval was needed.
The board also approved requests to release allocated funds for the Bellwood-Antis Park and Recreation Authority and the Pinecroft Fire Company.
Resolution no. 7-2005 was also approved, endorsing the International Tour De Toona.
Jeff Ziegler presented the manager’s report, noting the township received a public assisted grant for damages received to property during Hurricane Ivan for a total of $21,832. The township also received a grant from the DEP which was used to purchase a skid loader. Ziegler stated the skid loader should arrive within the next couple months.
Job descriptions for road foreman and ordinance enforcement officer were approved and a $58 building permit fee was waived for the Northern Blair County Recreation Commission, which is planning to add two lockers rooms onto the existing facility.